Ian Jackson is a farmer from South Canterbury where he farms a 295ha family farm. The farming enterprise is made up of a sheep flock, bull beef operation and various woodlots.
I graduated from Lincoln University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science after which I worked in agrichemical research and development work, in New Zealand and the USA.
I have been farming since 1983 during which time I have been an active member of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association. I served 3 years as National President of the Farm Forestry Association, from which I stepped down in April 2015.
I have been one of the two small scale grower representatives on the Forest Growers Levy Board for the past 8 years. I was involved in the instigation and the organisation of the levy referendum and its smooth establishment from the beginning. I was also involved in the establishment of the Forest Industries Safety Council, which I sat on for 3 years. I understand the issues and know the people involved in the industry. I am well placed to continue to represent the interests of the small scale grower.
If elected I am likely to be the only famer on the Board, as it is on farmland any expansion of the forest estate will occur. I am an integral part of the wider rural community and understand the sensitivities of trees on farmland and the impact on rural communities. Integration with trees is the key.